Mission, Vision, Values

Our Mission (Focus)

BARKA empowers communities in Africa to thrive.

BARKA FOUNDATION’S AREAS OF FOCUS:

  • Provide sustainable access to clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene education (WASH)
  • Help communities achieve gender equality
  • Develop community resilience through food security programs
  • Educate US students and communities about Africa
  • Utilize media and the cultural arts to strengthen the capacities of local populations

 

 

Our Vision (Direction)

BARKA envisions a world where vulnerable communities in Africa are empowered to improve their livelihoods and build resilience.

 

Our Values (Behavior)

We promote sustainable solutions that respect the cultural context of local communities. Our operating principles are grounded in the following approaches:

1. RIGHTS-BASED

  • Practice Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) before undertaking any intervention
  • Advocate for indigenous people to protect their rights
  • Mainstream gender throughout the organization and all its program

2. DEEP LISTENING

  • Partner with vulnerable communities to address their needs
  • Utilize sensitization and education to facilitate autonomy, self-reliance and empowerment
  • Foster relationships with community partners to better know, understand and assist them, and to achieve a more lasting impact
  • Encourage the use of an integrated, holistic approach to reduce poverty

3. CULTURAL COMPETENCE

  • Promote appropriate technologies
  • Collaborate with local/traditional authorities as well as regional and national government
  • Employ theatre, radio, and the cultural arts to change behavior and impart complex social messages
  • Promote reciprocity and a culture of peace between people in the US and Africa

4. ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Accompany local partners over the long-term to monitor and evaluate the sustainability of past investments
  • Provide an inclusive work environment, a high level of transparency, and rigorous financial oversight

 

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